A Revolution in Education
Screen Chomp! I just used it today for retelling a story. The kids can draw a picture and then tell about it, or re-tell and draw as they go. I also have used it after a social studies lesson on landforms. The child draws and "teaches" what he learned.
I'm a 1st Grade teacher and am going on my second year of using a class set of them. My favs for Language Arts are: ABC Tracer, Word Magic, word families, and pocket phonic.
There are many good free reading and math apps. You can see my list of free apps for all subjects on this Ning at http://ipadeducators.ning.com/forum/topics/tell-us-about-your-favor...
Mad Math Lite is great for math because you can customize the app. You can write over the white flash card to work out the math problem just like on a SMART Board.
Storykit is great for reading or creating your own story. You can create pictures, record sound and add text.
I would also recommend buying at least one Dr. Seuss book because they are very interactive books. You can click on any word or picture.
Puppet Pals is another great app. It's like a virtual puppet show. You choose your background and characters. You move the characters on the screen and record your story (voice and actions). There is a free app. For 2.99 you can get additional characters and backgrounds. You can also add your own characters (I haven't tried that yet). I plan on using it for retelling and creating stories.